Australia to Build $31B Fiber Broadband Network

10 thoughts on “Australia to Build $31B Fiber Broadband Network”

  1. Let’s see if Rudd and his mates (we know it will be his mates who get the contract) can pull this off without messing it up totally.. hopefully some of his mates have IT skills..

  2. “Other countries would be well-advised to a cue from the Aussies!” – nothing could be further from the truth, if you read between the lines Conroy is using this to push his agenda of imposing a mandatory internet filter on Australians which we have been bitterly protesting against. Our 3 main ISPs wouldn’t come on board, so he wants to roll out his own network, undoubtably with filtering built in. No thanks!!!

    What we really need down here is more bandwidth not speed, uncapped data plans are something we can only dream of at the moment.

    http://www.getup.org.au/campaign/SaveTheNet/442

  3. Glad to see you picked this one up, Om. There is no question that the quality of broadband infrastructure in Australia, even within metropolitan areas, is lacking. However, it is important to note that Australia has a highly dispersed population base. Assuming government involvement in the provison of this infrastructure is desirable, tax dollars would be better spent improving broadband infrastructure within the key centres of economic activity alone. Productivity dividends would be similar, yet the cost to the Australian people would be much lower. Providing 100Mbps connectivity to 90% of Australian households is not commercially feasible and the prospective private sector partners are aware of this.

    I understand your reasoning in terms of the potential for this broadband inititaitve to spur greater entrepreneurial activity, but I don’t agree that broadband speed is a key constraint to more innovative ideas – and more importantly, more world class technology companies – originating in Australia. Rather, the let-the-government-fix-it mentality and the resulting ‘nanny state’ solution so feverishly championed by Rudd are the core hindrances to greater Australian entrepreneurialism.

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